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Are ye come out as against a thief, to say unto him, Prophesy. And with swords and with staves, to the servants did strike him with take me? I was daily with you in the palms of their hands. And as the temple, teaching, and ye took Peter was beneath in the palace, me not; but the scriptures must be there cometh one of the maids of fulfilled. And they all forsook him, the high priest ; and when she saw and fled. And there followed him Peter warming himself, she looked a certain young man, having a linen upon him, and said, And thou also cloth cast about his naked body ; wast with Jesus of Nazareth. But and the young men laid hold on him he denied, saying, I know not, neiAnd he left the linen cloth, and ther understand I what thou sayest. fled from them naked. And they And he went out into the porch ; led Jesus away to the high priest: and the cock crew. And a maid and with him were assembled all saw him again, and began to say to the chief priests, and the elders, them that stood by, This is one of and the scribes. And Peter follow-them. And he denied it again. ed him afar off, even into the palace And a little after, they that stood of the high priest: and he sat with by said again to Peter, Surely thou the servants, and warmed himself art one of them ; for thou art a at the fire. And the chief priests, Galilean, and thy speech agreeth and all the council, sought for wit- thereto. But he began to curse ness against Jesus to put him to and to swear, saying, I know not death; and found none. (For many this man of whom ye speak. And bare false witness against him, but the second time the cock crew. their witness agreed not together.) And Peter called to mind the word And there arose certain, and bare that Jesus said unto him, Before false witness against him, saying, the cock crow twice, thou shalt We heard him say, I will destroy deny me thrice. And when he this temple that is made with hands, thought thereon he wept. and within three days I will build another made without hands. But
Tuesday before Easter. neither so did their witness agree For the Epistle. Isaiah l. 5. together. And the high priest
stood. THEN Lord God hats opened saying, Answerest thou nothing ? bellious, neither turned away back, what is it which these witness I gave my back to the smiters, and against thee? But he held his peace, my cheeks to them that plucked and answered nothing. Again off the hair : I hid not my face the high priest asked him, and from shame and spitting. For the said unto him, Art thou the Christ, Lord God will help me, therefore the Son of the Blessed? And Jesus shall I not be confounded; theresaid, I am: and ye shall see the Son fore have I set my face like a flint, of man sitting on the right hand of and I know that I shall not be power, and coming in the clouds of ashamed. He is near that justifiheaven. Then the high priest rent eth me; who will contend with his clothes, and saith, What need me? let us stand together; who we any further witnesses ? ye have is mine adversary? let him come heard the blasphemy: what think near to me. Behold, the Lord ye? And they all condemned him God will help me; who is he that to be guilty of death. And some shall condemn me? Lo, they all began to spit on him, and to co- shall wax old as a garment: the ver his face, and to buffet him, and Imoth shall eat them up. Who is
among you that feareth the Lord, they cried out the more exceedthat obeyeth the voice of his servant, ingly, Crucify him. And so Pithat walketh in darkness, and hath late, willing to content the people, no light? let him trust in the name released Barabbas unto them; of the Lord, and stay upon his God. and delivered Jesus, when he had Behold, all ye that kindle a fire, scourged him, to be crucified. that compass yourselves about with And the soldiers led him away insparks; walk in the light of your to the hall, called Pretorium; and fire, and in the sparks that ye have they called together the whole band. kindled. This shall ye have of mine And they clothed him with purple, hand, ye shall lie down in sorrow. and platted a crown of thorns, and The Gospel. St. Mark xv. 1. put it about his head, and began to
ND straightway in the morn- salute him, Hail, King of the Jews. ing, the chief priests held a And they smote him
on the head consultation with the elders and with a reed, and did spit upon him, scribes, and the whole council, and and bowing their knees worshipped bound Jesus,and carried him away, him. And when they had mocked and delivered him to Pilate. And Pi- him they took off the purple from late asked him, Art thou the king of him,and put his own clothes on him, the Jews? And he answering said and led him out to crucify him. unto him, Thou sayest it. And the And they compel one Simon, a Cychief priests accused him of many renian, who passed by, coming out things: but he answered nothing. of the country, the father of AlexAnd Pilate asked him again, say- ander and Rufus, to bear his cross. ing, Answerest thou nothing? be- And they bring him unto the place, hold how many things they witness Golgotha,which is, being interpretagainst thee. But Jesus yet an- ed, the place of a skull. And they swered nothing: so that Pilate gave him to drink wine mingled marvelled. Now at that feast he with myrrh; but he received it not. released unto them. one prisoner, And when they had crucified him, whomsoever they desired. And they parted his garments, casting there was one named Barabbas, lots upon them, what every man which lay bound with them that should take. And it was the third had made insurrection with him, hour, and they crucified him. And who had committed murder in the the superscription of his accusation insurrection. And the multitude, was written over, THE KING OF crying aloud, began to desire him THE JEWS. And with him they to do as he had ever done unto crucify two thieves; the one on his them. But Pilate answered them, right hand, and the other on his left. saying, Will ye that I release untó And the scripture was fulfilled, you the King of the Jews? (For he which saith, And he was numberknew that the chief priests had de- ed with the transgressors. And they livered him for envy.) But the chief that passed by railed on him, wagpriests moved the people, that he ging their heads, and saying, Ah, should rather release Barabbas un- thou that destroyest the temple, to them. And Pilate answered, and and buildest it in three days, save said again unto them, What will thyself, and come down from the ye then that I shall do unto him cross. Likewise also the chief whom ye call the King of the Jews? priests mocking, said among themAnd they cried out again, Crucify selves, with the scribes, He saved him. Then Pilate said unto them, others, himself he cannot save. Let Why, what evil hath he done? And Christ the King of Israel descend now from the cross, that we may no remission. It was therefore nesee and believe. And they that were cessary that the patterns of things crucified with him reviled him. in the heavens should be purified And when the sixth hour was come, with these; but the heavenly things there was darkness over the whole themselves with better sacrifices land, until the ninth hour. And at than these. For Christ is not enthe ninth hour, Jesus cried with a tered into the holy places made loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama with hands, which are the figures sabachthani? which is, being in- of the true, but into heaven itself, terpreted, My God, my God, why now to appear in the presence of hast thou forsaken me? And some God for us : nor yet that he should of them that stood by, when they offer himself often, as the high heard it, said, Behold, he calleth priest entereth into the holy place Elias. And one ran and filled a every year with blood of others : spunge full of vinegar, and put it on (for then must he often have sufa reed, and gave him to drink, say-fered since the foundation of the ing, Let alone; let us see whether world) but now once, in the end Elias will come to take him down. of the world, hath he appeared to And Jesus cried with a loud voice, put away sin by the sacrifice of and gave up the ghost. And the himself. And as it is appointed vail of the temple was rent in twain, unto men once to die, but after this from the top to the bottom. And the judgment : so Christ was once when the Centurion, which stood offered to bear the sins of many; over against him, saw that he so and unto them that look for him cried out, and gave up the ghost, shall he appear the second time, he said, Truly this man was the without sin, unto salvation. Son of God.
The Gospel. St. Luke xxii. 1.
OW the feast of unleavenWednesday before Easter.
ed bread drew nigh, which is The Epistle. Heb. ix. 16. called the Passover. And the chief THERE a testament is, there priests and scribes sought how they
must also of necessity be the might kill him; for they feared the death of the testator: for a testa-people. Then entered Satan into mentis of force after men are dead; Judas, surnamed Iscariot, being of otherwise it is of no strength at all, the number of the twelve. And he whilst the testator liveth. Where-went his way, and communed with upon, neither the first testament the chief priests and captains how was dedicated without blood. For he might betray him unto them. when Moses had spoken every pre- And they were glad, and covenantcept to all the people, according to ed to give him money. And he the law, he took the blood of calves promised, and sought opportunity and of goats,with water, and scarlet to betray him unto them
in the abwool, and hyssop, and sprinkled sence of the multitude. Then both the book, and all the people, came the day of unleavened bread, saying, This is the blood of the tes- when the passover must be killed. tament which God hath enjoined And he sent Peter and John, sayunto you. Moreover, he sprinkled ing, Go, and prepare us the passlikewise with blood both the ta- over, that we may eat. And they bernacle, and all the vessels of the said unto him, Where wilt thou ministry. And almost all things that we prepare ? And he said unare by the law purged with blood; to them, Behold, when ye are enand without shedding of blood is tered into the city, there shall a
man meet you bearing a pitcher of the younger ; and he that is chief, water; follow him into the house as he that doth serve. For whethwhere he entereth in. And ye er is greater, he that sitteth at meat, shall say unto the good man of the or he that serveth ? is not he that house, The Master saith unto thee, sitteth at meat ? But I am among Where is the guest-chamber, where you as he that serveth. Ye are I shall eat the passover with my they which have continued with disciples ? And he shall show you me in my temptations. And I apa large upper room furnished : point unto you a kingdom, as my there make ready. And they went Father hath appointed unto me: and found as he had said unto that ye may eat and drink at my them; and they made ready the table in my kingdom, and sit on passover. And when the hour thrones, judging the twelve tribes was come, he sat down, and the of Israel. And the Lord said, Sitwelve Apostles with him. And mon, Simon, behold, Satan hath he said unto them, with desire I desired to have you, that he may have desired to eat this passover sift you as wheat: but I have praywith you before I suffer. For I say ed for thee, that thy faith fail unto you, I will not any more eat not; and when thou art converted, thereof, until it be fulfilled in the strengthen thy brethren. And he kingdom of God. And he took the said unto him, Lord, I am ready cup, and gave thanks, and said, to go with thee both into prison Take this, and divide it among and to death. And he said, I tell yourselves. For I say unto you, I thee, Peter, the cock shall not will not drink of the fruit of the crow this day, before that thou vine, until the kingdom of God shalt thrice deny that thou knowshall come.
And he took bread, est me. And he said unto them, and gave thanks, and brake it, and When I sent you without purse, gave unto them, saying, This is and scrip, and shoes, lacked ye my body, which is given for you: any thing? And they said, Nothing. this do in remembrance of me. Then said he unto them, But now Likewise also the cup after sup- he that hath a purse, let him take per, saying, This cup is the new it, and likewise his scrip: and he testament in my blood, which is that hath no sword, let him sell his shed for you. But behold, the garment and buy one. hand of him that betrayeth me is unto you, that this that is written with me on the table. And truly must yet be accomplished in me, the Son of man goeth as it was And he was reckoned among the determined ; but woe unto that transgressors : for the things conman by whom he is betrayed. And cerning me have an end. And they began to inquire among them- they said, Lord, behold, here are selves, which of them it was that two swords. And he said unto should do this thing. And there them, It is enough. And he came was also a strife among them, out, and went, as he was wont, to which of them should be account- the mount of Olives ; and his dised the greatest. And he said unto ciples also followed him. And them, The kings of the Gentiles when he was at the place, he said exercise lordship over them; and unto them, Pray that ye enter not they that exercise authority upon into temptation. And he was withthem are called benefactors. But drawn from them about a stone's ye shall not be so: but he that is cast, and kneeled down, and praygreatest among you, let him be asled, saying, Father, if thou be wil
For I say
ling, remove this cup from me: said, Man, I am not. And about the nevertheless, not my will, but thine space of one hour after another conbe done. And there appeared an fidently affirmed, saying, Of a truth, angel unto him from heaven, this fellow also was with him; for he strengthening him. And being in isa Galilean. And Peter said, Man, an agony, he prayed more ear- I know not what thou sayest. And nestly ; and his sweat was as it immediately, while he yet spake, were great drops of blood falling the cock crew. And the Lord turndown to the ground. And when ed, and looked upon Peter; and Pehe rose up from prayer, and was ter remembered the word of the come to his disciples, he found them Lord, how he had said unto him, sleeping for sorrow; and said un- Before the cock crow, thou shalt to them, Why sleep ye? rise and deny me thrice. And Peter went pray, lest ye enter into temptation. out and wept bitterly. And the men And while he yet spake, behold, that held Jesus, mocked him, and a multitude, and he that was call-smote him. And when they had ed Judas, one of the twelve, went blindfolded him, they struck him before them, and drew near unto on the face, and asked him, sayJesus to kiss him. But Jesus said ing, Prophesy, who is it that smote unto him, Judas, betrayest thou the thee? And many other things blasSon of man with a kiss ? When phemously spake they against him. they which were about him saw And, as soon as it was day, the elwhat would follow, they said unto ders of the people, and the chief him, Lord, shall we smite with the priests, and the scribes, came tosword? and one of them smote the gether, and led him into their counservant of the high priest, and cutoff cil, saying, Art thou the Christ? his right ear. And Jesus answered Tell us. And he said unto them, and said, Suffer ye thus far. And he If I tell you, ye will not believe: touched his ear, and healed him. And if I also ask you, ye will not Then Jesus said unto the chief answer me, nor let me go. Herepriests and captains of the temple, after shall the Son of man sit on and the elders which were come to the right hand of the power of him, Be ye come out as against a God. Then said they all, Art thou thief, with swords and staves ? then the Son of God? And he said When I was daily with you in the unto them, Ye say that I am. And temple, ye stretched forth no hands they said, What need we any furagainst me : but this is your hour, ther witness? for we ourselves and the power of darkness. Then have heard of his own mouth. took they him, and led him, and brought him into the high priest's
Thursday before Easter. house. And Peter followed afar off. The Epistle. . 1 Cor. xi. 17. And when they had kindled a fire in IN this that I declare unto you, I down together, Peter sat down together not for the better, but for among them. But a certain maid the worse. For first of all, when beheld him, as he sat by the fire, and ye come together in the Church, I earnestly looked upon him,and said, hear that there be divisions among This man was also with him. And you; and I partly believe it. For he denied him, saying, Woman, I there must be also heresies among know him not. And after a little you, that they which are approved while another saw him, and said, may be made manifest among you. Thou art also of them. And Peter When ye come together therefore